Neighbours Reach Out!

Nov 20 2017

November 2017 E-NeighbourNeighbours reach out, connect and belong at Kitchener’s Festival of Neighbourhoods celebration!  KITCHENER— On Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, Kitchener’s Festival of Neighbourhoods hosted its annual celebration marking the festival’s 24th season. More than 17,000 people from across Kitchener participated in the 130 gatherings registered with Festival of Neighbourhoods. Neighbourhood gatherings ranged in size from four to 1,000 participants.

The Schneider’s Creek and Settlers Grove neighbourhoods took home the Festival’s main prize, two $20,000 capital grants provided by the City of Kitchener.

The Pillar Award, sponsored by Steed and Evans, for a neighbourhood who has registered an event for five or more years, was presented to Bridgeport neighbourhood. The Newcomer Award (for a first-time registered activity), sponsored by the Victoria Park Neighbourhood Association, was presented to the Doon South neighbourhood.

The Paulander neighbourhood received the arts and culture award, sponsored by Alejandra Ivic, RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc., for registering their annual community BBQ, where residents enjoyed a collaborative art project, henna and face painting.

This year, Laurentian West neighbourhood Wetlands Cleanup, which was organized by students in grades five and six received the youth award. This award is sponsored by Waterloo Regional Police Service.


The Safer Neighbourhoods Award, which is sponsored by Swanson’s Home Hardware Building Centre, was presented to the New Doon neighbourhood, who registered their BBQ.

The Green Neighbourhood Award, sponsored by Boehmers Hargest Block Ltd., was presented to the Mill Courtland neighbourhood.

The Heritage Award selection, sponsored by Grand Valley Society of Architects, was the Victoria Park neighbourhood, who registered a pizza party and trivia night, which featured neighbourhood-specific questions researched and presented by local neighbourhood historians.

The Traynor-Vanier neighbourhood was selected by the Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region for the Inclusion Award.

The Neighbourhood Connections award, sponsored by the Social Development Centre Waterloo Region, was presented to the King East neighbourhood in order to provide more time for more engagement and community development activities to strengthen the social connections in this neighbourhood.

The Ward Challenge went to Ward 9 (Councillor Frank Etherington), with 31 registered neighbourhood gatherings.

“It`s fascinating to look back over another year of exploring and celebrating neighbourhoods and the connections we can make with each other right where we live” said Trudy Beaulne, Festival of Neighbourhoods partner. “Since the start of this initiative 24 years ago, participation has grown considerably but much has remained the same. The simple gesture of reaching out to our neighbours may be intimidating if we have a lot of diversity in our neighbourhood. However, doing so can help us to build stronger, welcoming and more caring neighbourhoods. It`s well worth the effort!”

Festival of Neighbourhoods is a partnership between John MacDonald Architect, the Social Development Centre Waterloo Region and the City of Kitchener. For more information please visit the Festival of Neighbourhoods website.


For More Information:

Marla Pender

City of Kitchener

519-741- 2200 x7227

Trudy Beaulne

Social Development Centre Waterloo Region

519-579-1096 x3006

John MacDonald

John MacDonald Architect




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